Elizabeth Ryves was born to a wealthy family in Ireland; after an unsuccessful law suit over an inheritance she worked as a writer in London, where she published poems, dramas, and a gothic novel. She died in poverty and obscurity.
Poems on several occasions. 1777.
Ode to the Rev. Mr. Mason. 1780.
Dialogue in the Elysian fields, between Caesar and Cato. 1784.
An epistle to the Right Honourable Lord John Cavendish, late Chancellor of the Exchequer. 1784.
The Hastiniad; an heroic poem. In three cantos. 1785.
Ode to the Right Honourable Lord Melton, infant son of Earl Fitzwilliam. 1787.
The hermit of Snowden: or memoirs of Albert and Lavinia. 1789.